Swansea in flap at St George flag-waving
Sunday 17 February 2013
Uefa face a potential backlash from Swansea fans after revealing the Welsh side will enter Europe with the flag of St George next to their name. Should Michael Laudrup's men overcome League Two minnows Bradford City to win the Capital One Cup final next Sunday, they will play on the European stage for the first time since 1991.
A spokesperson for Uefa said: "If Swansea win the English domestic cup, they will qualify for Uefa Europa League. It would then be for the FA to decide whether they allow Swansea City to take a Uefa Europa League position instead of an English club. If the FA accept to give their position to Swansea City, they will have an English flag next to their name."
The FA have confirmed Swansea – who aim to win their first major cup competition in their 101-year history at Wembley – will be allowed to enter European competition. "Swansea would qualify for Europe as representatives of the English FA, as they would have won an English domestic cup competition," an FA spokesperson said. Swansea's last European tie 22 years ago came via winning the Welsh Cup. They no longer play in it.
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